August 13-B, 2022

The Path Through the Woods 10/28/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Springer’s Point, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina
There is no Dark Side.
There is no Evil Force.
There are only foxes and rabbits.
Lions and antelope.
And human beings driven by
ruthlessness, greed and fear,
who want what they 
have no business having,
and demand a profit at any price
every day.

Enlightenment,
realization,
awakening,
illumination
is the end of selfishness
and the need for conquest
and triumph.

But even there,
the fundamental laws of nature apply,
and we have to be aware of where we are
and what is appropriate 
for the time and place of our living,
and it will always be wise to follow 
the rule:
Do not go without a big-enough stick
into the woods.
To have something to put between you
and a rabid racoon
or a hungry bobcat.

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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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